Saturday, October 2, 2010

Remember me?

I can't believe I haven't blogged in a month.  BAD, Sue!  I have an exciting month planned for all of my friends in blog-land.  I have a HUGE giveaway and I have lots of things to share with you that happened to me over the past month.  I have guild retreat photos to show you, pictures from classes I took from pattern designers at a trade show, pictures from my niece's wedding celebration, pictures of knitting projects, a few new recipes, and pictures of several of my latest quilt and sewing projects.  I even have a few free handbag patterns to share.  I will be working on the wedding quilt for my son and future daughter in law, and in between I'll sprinkle the above mentioned photos.  I'm resolving to be a better blogger this month!

I hate to post without a picture.  The above photo is me holding up a quilt top I finished at our guild retreat (more about that to come....).  The center is a panel from the Kingyo collection by Red Rooster.  All of the fabrics are from Kingyo.  It was super easy to put together since the borders were mostly from a border print.  The only thing that was time consuming was the 5 flowers along the right and the 4 circles on the bottom that had to be fussy-cut and appliqued on.... and mitering the corners of the large borders.  I really liked how it turned out.  Now to quilt it!

I see that several new readers signed up to follow this blog during September.  Welcome!  I'm glad to have you reading along.

I'll post my October giveaway tomorrow--- and it's a good one!


Shevvy said...

Ah, but luckily we don't have a blog police checking we are putting frequent and interesting posts up!
I love that top, really elegant. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Sandy said...

Great top! Glad your are back LOL! Sandy

Judy C said...

Welcome back , I too have been slacking when it comes to blogging.
Camera problems and life in general sometimes to busy to sit and do what I would realy like to do.

Maggey and Jim said...

Hey, great to see ya back.. Looking forward to your news.

Joanne said...

The new quilt top is beautiful - love the colours!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like you have been really busy. Glad to read a post from you.

soggibottom said...

I keep clicking anyway :-)
lovely quilt :-) x x x

Diane H said...

Welcome back Sue! Beautiful quilt, great job. Please pop by and enter my giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love quilt tops that are easy to do, yet look very hard! This is one of those -- and it's lovely!

Barb said...

What an amazing top......I am in awe!

SewCalGal said...

Hi Sue. Glad to have you back. Missed you.


Jane S. said...

How exciting! I'd love to be the lucky winner. Thank you so much for having this giveaway.

janers41 at yahoo dot com

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful quilt top!!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous quilt top, Sue. Haw are you going to quilt it? With all you have to do, think of your best long-armer around and let him/her do the work! Then you can make more tops .

Of course this doesn't have a deadline as wedding quilts do, but it may be one of those that are better with aging!

My first nephew to marry and his wife are still waiting for their wedding quilt, and their daughter turned 2 this summer! The second to marry, my oldest niece, had her first anniversary in June and is expecting her first at the end of January, another niece is due the end of February and one more has had her wedding date announced for next August!

Babies come first, as far as I'm concerned. After all, they don't think much of getting the bunny or teddy bear quilt for their 16th birthdays! Although one casual friend I had (I think she lives out your way somewhere now) finished her second son's the year he graduated from high school, so she could enter it in the state fair before her husband retired and the moved.

Jess (oldest niece, one due in Jan) has the first quilt I ever made, for a human being, that is. It was made in 1977 and I still have that McCall's special centennnial issue with the pattern. It didn't get used much. (Most of the baby quilts I make are being saved for the first great-grandchild, they have, or something. Am debating whether to make the same quilt for the baby (it's a girl) or to play with the Strawberry Flower Fairy panel I just bought or to do something absolutely different.

Jess has dragged her "starry blankie" around with her since she left home after high school (some 15-20 years ago, who knows??) so I had her send me a picture recently.

My former step-son and his wife have the second (king-sized {why do we do that}) quilt I made, and while I'm still on relatively good terms with my ex, I doubt I'll ever get a picture from them. Ugly . . . enough said.

I still have the first piece of patchwork I attempted (who ever figured there were blocks even in crazy quilts. It's made out of denim -- old jeans, to be precise. It got so big (several square feet!) that I couldn't find straight edges to attach more little pieces and I started with the normal 3-4" center piece, so I was piecing in angles, piecing segments (the polite way of saying oddball hunks) and sewing them on/in/around. It finally overcame me.

I'll send you the pic of the baby quilt by e-mail, Sue. And try to get one taken of the blue jean "wonder what on earth she's making" piece. Done in college, usually out in the common hall where there was room.


JANET said...

Beautiful quilt.Would really love to win the GO cutter. It looks like a lot of fun

Nana Jo said...

That is absolutely beautiful!